CROWN POINT — Charges filed Wednesday allege a supervisor at the Kimbrough Work Release Center had sex with two female inmates at the facility on multiple occasions, both separately and at the same time.
Jaime M. Montanez, 25, of Highland, was arrested Thursday by Highland police, according to Indiana State Police.
Montanez was fired immediately after the allegations came to light, said Kellie Bittorf, executive director of Lake County Community Corrections, which operates the Kimbrough Work Release Center in Crown Point.
He had been employed at the center for about 2.5 years and was a custody supervisor, according to Lake Criminal Court records.
The two women reported Dec. 9 they had been having sex with Montanez in a room next to an ice machine since November.
One woman told police she knew Montanez and the other woman had been "messing around" when she asked if he could look into getting her off room restriction, records state.
Montanez allegedly told the first woman he might be able to do that, if she agreed to go to the "ice room" with him, records state.
She agreed, and the second woman was present when the first woman had sex with Montanez, according to a probable cause affidavit.
On Dec. 8, Montanez called both women on a radio to get ice, had sex with both of them and gave them each $20, records state.
The three had sex again Dec. 9, and Montanez allegedly promised to give the women money.
The second woman told police Montanez gave her money for sex twice, once alone and another time when the other woman was present, the affidavit says.
Both women said they felt obligated to have sex with Montanez, because of his position, records state.
Montanez is accused of telling one of the women that if his alleged crimes were discovered, "he knew how to play it off and not get caught."
Montanez admitted in an interview with police to having sex with both women on multiple occasions, records state.
Indiana State Police investigated the case.